Wednesday, December 7, 2022

A Morning Bible Study - Faith Required For Salvation


 Leonard V Johnson    About


In our latest sermon “What Is True Spirituality?” I lightly speak about faith. In the sermon, I quote the Apostle Paul – under the inspiration of God’s Spirit – “Without faith, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God!” I had bracketed the word faith in quotes because it appears as if in this world each individual considers to themselves just what is faith. But, what is God’s living word’s definition of faith!? And, exactly WHAT KIND of faith do we need to please God!? To live our lives in obedience, OVERCOMING, and finally being born into the glorious and holy family of God!?

First and foremost, we need to understand that this faith is not just a power of positive thinking – as in trying to overcome our transgressions against the LORD God by just our own positive thoughts.

Also, a great many of our peoples make the mistake of confusing faith with mere emotions. They try and “work up” faith, as in an emotional feeling. But, these emotional feelings ARE NOT the evidence of having real faith required for salvation.

Real faith is a spiritual matter – not physical. Let us understand God’s definition of the very faith required for salvation.
1) Are true Christians to “walk” – meaning, to live their lives – by faith!? Notice –
Prophet Moses was not in tune with the New Covenant. However, Moses’ great-great-great-great-grandfather Abraham (from his father Amram) was in tune with the New Covenant. The Apostle Paul, in Galatians chapter 3 says, “And the Scripture, FORESEEING that God would justify the Gentiles by faith …” – vs. 8. Remember Paul writes, “For by grace you have been saved THROUGH FAITH, …” Not just following the regiment of the Old Testament. Or the regiment and practices of Jewish leaning traditions. “ … preaching the gospel to Abraham BEFOREHAND, saying, ‘In you all the nations shall be blessed.’ Verse 9 – “So then those who are of faith are blessed WITH BELIEVING ABRAHAM.” Faith in what!?

Faith in JESUS CHRIST. Faith in His divinity. Faith in His sacrifice. Faith in His teachings─which we can simply call the New Covenant. The gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ, the gospel of the Kingdom, the gospel of the good news of salvation.

Verse 11 – “ … no one is justified by the law [the Old Covenant] in the sight of God is evident, for ‘the just shall live by faith.’

And that’s a phrase you find back in one of the minor prophets – Habakkuk. You find it quoted several times in the writings of Paul. ‘The just shall live by faith.’

Also, notice 2nd Corinthians chapter 5 –

“For we walk by faith, not by sight” – vs. 7. What exactly does this mean!?

When you look into the context here – he’s talking about our earthly tabernacle. And, that we inhabit a physical body and that eventually, we will wear out - just like the ancient patriarchs before. But we have the greatest hope of the resurrection and into the family of God – the very kingdom of God. So, we walk not according to this flesh – and what it has to offer. I remember coming home many times from a job and telling my wife of all the wonderful ‘toys for boys’ that all the guys had – from Hayabusa motorcycles to sports cars, to tricked-out pickups. Things that these people own that mean the world to them! And, they were so vain and proud in their possessions – that now, since the company was sold and no longer in business – do they still own these prized possessions!?

Without the hope of the resurrection, that’s all there is – just what we have on this earth. And yet, Paul here is speaking about the faith that we do have concerning the kingdom of God and the resurrection unto life.
2) Did the Apostle Paul also say that true Christians seek after the real and unseen eternal rewards and promises of God?
“While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” – 2 Corinthians 4:18.

Or, rather, we hope for them. Which is what!? The resurrection, the Kingdom of God, and eternal life. That’s what we hope for! “…For the things which are seen are temporary, …” – everything around us is temporary. Our house, our car, our clothes – someday they’ll all end up in a trash heap! Everything is temporary! Including all of us! However, with the promise of Jesus Christ, our hope is to be changed into an immortal eternal spirit being. As a member of the family of God!

The next verse is most powerful! – “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent [this tabernacle], is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens [and is now─that kingdom─in heaven – the third heaven]. 2) For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, …” But we know that that house is coming to the EARTH! Verse 3 – “if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4) For we who are in this [tabernacle] groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by LIFE.” – Eternal life is ALREADY partly living inside of us! Through a measure, a portion, of God’s Spirit – which we now have – as begotten children of God! Those of us who have our name’s written in the Book of Life.

Verse 5 - “Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.” – and that’s what we have now! It’s just a “down payment.”
3) So, do the above Scriptures confirm the LORD God’s definition of faith, which is found in Hebrews 11:1, 6; Romans 4:3; James 2:23!?
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for …” – or, more accurately, the assurance or confidence of things hoped for. Before we receive what we hope for, we already have it IN SUBSTANCE. And that substance─that assurance or confidence that we shall possess it─is faith. This faith is based upon the sure promises of Almighty God, which are recorded for us in His living word – the Holy Bible.

When we go down to verse 6, we get a much clearer definition of the faith required for salvation. “But WITHOUT FAITH it is impossible to please Him for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” And, there’s even another definition that does an even better job describing faith – “ …’ Abraham believed God, …’ – Romans 4:3.
4) Are true Christians REQUIRED to keep God’s Law – summed up in the TEN COMMANDMENTS – in order for their faith to be alive and acceptable to the LORD God?
“Do we then make void the Law through faith? CERTAINLY NOT! On the contrary, we establish the Law.” – Romans 3:31; see also James 2:14-26.

The universal message from nearly every pulpit falsely tells people that Jesus Christ abolished, or “fulfilled,” His Father’s Law – but your Bible says otherwise!

God’s living divine word mentions nothing about grace being a license to disobey the Law of God! To be “under grace” means to be extended mercy and forgiveness as a result of sincere repentance and resolve to obey Almighty God.

How do we demonstrate our faith?

“But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith WITHOUT your works, and I will show you my faith BY MY WORKS” – James 2:18.

‘Faith without works is dead.,’ so said, James. And if faith without works is dead, then love without works, I think, by extension, by logic, is also dead. To just say, “Oh God I love You, I love You!” Or, to say to your fellow human being, “Oh I love you! I love you!” and yet there’s nothing backing it up, it’s worthless. It’s just hot air.

Now the majority of Protestants and Catholics alike base their belief wholly on the works of charity. And most Protestant churches teach that the fault with the Old Covenant was God’s Law and that as the Old Covenant was made with Israel, the New Covenant is made with Gentiles. And that the New abolishes God’s Ten Commandments and is based wholly on promises. This, of course, is NOT true! Complete obedience to God’s eternal and universal Law is a condition we must meet to have salvation. Be sure to read Acts 15:13-39 and Acts 21:17-26 – the Apostle James indeed endorses Apostle Paul!

In your Bible turn with me over to Acts 5:32 – “And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” Also, Jesus Christ’s own words, “ …’ If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him’ – John 14:23. Also, ’ IF you love Me,’ – ‘if you are loyal to Me’ – ’ keep My commandments’ – John 14:15.

Friends, THAT IS OUR WORKS! OBEDIENCE TO GOD!

God’s grace and faith save us. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” – Ephesians 2:10.

Faith & works tie in together.

Sadly, the majority of professing Christians have a dead faith. Faith to them is merely a belief in Jesus Christ’s existence and in His sacrifice for the sins of mankind. They are ignorant of – or refuse to accept – the fact that God requires them to OBEY HIM! This world’s Christianity believes that Jesus lived a good life for us all – and that He obeyed God’s Law in our stead. Yet, God’s living word makes it abundantly clear that having faith DOES NOT excuse us from spiritual obedience to the LORD God.
5) Did Patriarch Noah express to the LORD God a living faith when he obeyed God in the building of the Ark?
“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, …” – Hebrews 11:7.

What about Patriarch Abraham? Did he have a living faith?

“’ because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws’” – Genesis 26:5.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9) By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same PROMISE [that promise being the earth and New Jerusalem]; 10) for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” – Hebrews 11:8-10.

Patriarch Abraham proved his living faith by his works. Therefore the LORD God promises to greatly bless him and his descendants! – Genesis 22:15-18. These two great patriarchs are tremendous examples of the living faith required for salvation.
6) Is the faith that pleases God a gift from the LORD God?
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD” – Ephesians 2:8.

God provides all true Christians with the WILLPOWER, the FAITH OF CHRIST, and MOTIVATION to do His good pleasure. God the Father and Jesus Christ have gone to great lengths to provide the grace – the unmerited favor of Their divine mercy – to help Their begotten children to succeed in their calling. But They expect results!

Is this faith an attribute of God’s Spirit that all true Christians should possess?

“But the fruit of the Spirit [the attributes] is love, joy, peace, longsuffering [patience], kindness, goodness, FAITHFULNESS, 23) gentleness, self-control, Against such there is no law” – Galatians 5:22-23.

So, in reality, whose faith is it!?

“Here is the patience of the saints; here are those WHO KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD and THE FAITH OF JESUS” – Revelation 14:12.

Understand – it’s not just our faith in Him, but it’s His faith placed within us and acting within us! Truly, a person who walks in TRUE FAITH will TRUST in God to supply all their needs and to protect them. If you are faithful and loyal to God, then He has your back!

As the three Hebrew men (Daniel 3:16-18, 25, 28) – some 600 years before our Lord Jesus Christ was born - true Christians walk by FAITH in no fear of DEATH. If they were to die they will go in a joyful manner in knowing their service to God. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into a fiery furnace by King Nebuchadnezzar II, ruler of Babylon, for refusing to bow down to worship a golden statue in the image of the king! If we truly BELIEVE GOD and TRULY HAVE FAITH IN HIS PROTECTION then we will walk IN FAITH knowing that God will protect us. But, we had better be living our life for Him! If we live IN FAITH with full trust in God then we have zero fear of sickness or of death. We know that we are protected by God – even if we should die. If we die IN FAITH then we are secure eternally with God.
7) Did the Apostle Paul clearly state that our Lord Jesus Christ lived in him?
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I [meaning not of and by his own volition, will power] who live, but Christ lives in me; …” – Galatians 2:20.

It means exactly what it says – ‘Christ lives IN me!’

What we’re talking about here is a primary teaching point of the Days of Unleavened Bread – a point which, sadly, a great many of our peoples don’t properly understand. For seven days we have this physical ritual of imbibing unleavened bread to remind us WE NEED JESUS CHRIST in the innermost parts of our being! “…and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and give Himself for me.”

How did our Lord Jesus Christ live within him?

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” – Philippians 2:5.

How do you let the mind of Jesus Christ be in you!? Except for the Spirit of God to enter into you and grant you part of the mind of Jesus Christ. Again, symbolically that’s what the Days of Unleavened Bread are all about. The Unleavened Bread of sincerity and truth. The Unleavened Bread of the presence of Jesus Christ!

Now, if we were able – of ourselves – to supply this living faith that pleases God, it would be self-righteousness. We’re told in Isaiah 64 – every time that you start to think of yourself as doing something really well, you need to remember these words – Isaiah 64:6 – “But we are all like an unclean thing, [and at our best; I’m adding editorially] And all our righteousness are like filthy rags; …” – when compared to the might, the grandeur, the power, the righteousness of God the Father and Jesus Christ! I prefer the analogy – I am just a small, little, ugly, slimy, worm. That’s all we are. If any good thing comes from our lives, realize we need to give the glory to God. Without the presence of God in our lives, and without the presence of God’s unending love and amazing grace, we would simply be like all other human beings – devoid of God.
8) What must one do to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and receive the gift of the very faith of Jesus Christ?
“… ’ Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’” – Acts 2:38.

So, repentance begins with an inner thought of having repentance. It is an inward change of the heart that Peter was teaching – and it was the same in his own life. Recall He had once fallen at the knees of Jesus and said, ‘Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!’ He was very repentant to Jesus. And, it was the same in Paul’s life when Ananias of Damascus came and laid hands on him and prayed, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit” – Acts 9:17. And immediately, Paul was healed of his blindness and was baptized.

You MUST be willing to obey the LORD God!

“And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit [which] God has given TO THOSE WHO OBEY HIM” – Acts 5:32.

Being ‘born of water’ is to be baptized. And being baptized is an outward symbol of an inward change in the human heart as a result of repentance. Once a person has realized that they’re going to die (see: Revelation 20:14-15; 21:8) as a result of sin. And of course, God’s living word says this very thing – “sin is lawlessness” - 1st John 3:4 – and that ‘all have sinned and have come short of the glory of God’ – Romans 3rd chapter. And, that ‘the wages of sin is death’!

Baptism represents one's death – Paul tells us that we’re ‘buried with Jesus Christ.’

Now, “Jesus came and spoke to them [His disciples], saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19) Go therefore and make disciples [to teach] of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, …’ ‘He who believes and is baptized will be saved; …’ – Matthew 28:18, 18; Mark 16:16. And we know that Jesus Himself was baptized. God’s Spirit gives us great understanding.

So, once a person has been baptized and had hands laid upon them we receive the earnest – the down payment – the gift of God’s Holy Spirit within our very mind and heart bestowing upon us God’s love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control – that we could not have on our own. □


Scriptural Index:

Old Testament - Genesis 26:5; Isaiah 64:6; Daniel 3:16-18, 25, 28.
New Testament - Matthew 28:18, 19; Mark 16:16; John 14:15, 23; Acts 2:38; 5:32; 9:17; Romans 6:23; 3:31; 4:3; 2 Corinthians 4:18; 5:1-4, 7; Galatians 2:20; 3:8, 9, 11; 5:22-23; Ephesians 2:8-9, 10; Philippians 2:5; Colossians 2:12; Hebrews 11:1, 6, 7; James 2:14-26; 1 John 3:4; Revelation 14:12; 20:14-15; 21:8.

Monday, December 5, 2022

Letter to our Friends - December 2, 2022


CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST ONLINE MINISTRIES
P.O. Box 6458
Spring Hill, Florida 34606

Leonard V Johnson
Pastor/Overseer


Greetings friends from West Central Florida:

YouTube

We have spoken of this many times now – YouTube and its parent company Alphabet (aka Google) continue to discourage peoples around the world from finding and viewing our content. Also, as I reported in our monthly statistics report, our viewership was slightly lower last month due to my having a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)! I call it simply, “the flu.” I am slowly recovering with lots of rest and fluids, please continue to pray for my recovery from this dreaded thing! We, of course, also have several other video platforms which we are utilizing that do even better than YouTube. Such as UGETube, and BitChute.

Please, if you haven’t already, we would love for you to Subscribe to our YouTube channel! As of December 2, 2022, we have 24 subscribers! And we thank each and every one of you for your continued love and support. This is our channel that has our sermons, offertory messages, many prophetic-oriented sermons, our The WatchMan Reports, along with our shared inspirational psalms. 

According to YouTube, subscribers watch more often than non-subscribers. However, what we are seeing is that non-subscribers (75.6%) are watching our sermons more than our beloved subscribers (24.4%). So, thank our mighty and awesome Creator God, our audience continues to expand – despite the steps YouTube and its parent company are taking!

Our affiliated churches also have YouTube channels, such as the Owensboro Church of Jesus Christ channel which has, as of December 2nd, 764 subscribers! Also, the TI CCOG channel, which as of December 2nd, has 31 subscribers! Deacon Trevor Koonce has the Trevor Koonce channel, and as of December 2nd, has 25 subscribers! 

Internet Archive Library
 

Also, I want you to be aware that we do have an Internet Library that has roughly 44 uploads, including our series the Prophecy Series, the booklet “Turkey is going to betray HIS BROTHERS!,” and “The Two Resurrections.” Be sure to go and check it out! There are also a few older sermons by Minister Michael C. Garrett. 

Helping Others ~ HELP NEEDED


The Independent Christian Church of God this January is doing hands-on work in the ministry’s local area. The issue of the homeless people in the nearby city of Florence, Alabama breaks our hearts. Plus the orphans at the North Alabama Christian Children’s Home along with the elderly living in the area desperately need our help. We are excited about this work!

This January we are going to embark on the homeless with our helping effort to bring them food and possible clothing. Also, this coming April we are planning to embark on helping the orphans by donating to the NACCH in Florence for foster children along with assisting the retirement homes. The goal we set to raise is $9000. Minister Guy LaMar will personally try to match every donated dollar. 

Please, if you are able and willing to help, you may donate here - https://gofund.me/802715ff. Or, if gofundme is not conducive, you can contact Minister LaMar @ guy_lamar@yahoo.com for additional information.

God Bless. 

Suggested Sabbath Day Services 

Here is our suggested Sabbath day service for our scattered brethren and friends around the world:

• TWO songs of praise. (our songbook, The Bible Hymnal, is suggested, there are some Instrumental Accompaniments to the Bible Hymnal available on our website).
• Opening prayer.
• A song of special music. Might we suggest Battle Hymn of the Republic sung by Minister Michael C. Garrett!?
• Announcements – from the deacon or pastor. 
• Sermon – from the pastor or a guest speaker. The one suggested for this week is “What Is True Spirituality?” delivered by Minister Leonard V. Johnson.
• Closing song. 
• Closing prayer. 

In case you do not receive a ‘Letter to our Friends’ for any week, remember that there are many sermon messages on the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries’ BitChute channel, as well as our Soundcloud Radio channel.

Some World News In Relation To Biblical Prophecy


Here in the United States of America, the Biden Administration is concerned that Mexico is serious about stopping the importation of genetically modified corn in the year 2024. (See: BBC – Mexico’s Planned GM Corn Ban ‘deep concern’ for US’).
 

As a follower of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, along with being a health-conscious person, I have to agree with Mexico on this!

Genetically Modified Corn is without a doubt a serious threat to native species. Also, the poor who plant native seeds cannot afford to pay for this GMO “garbage.” The government of Mexico does have a point, whereas the US has pure greed. The Biden Administration is threatening Mexico for trying to protect its people!

Also understand, the US has NEVER proven that GMOs are safe, and there have been reports over the years that GMO corn is gravely impacting farmers who grow non-GMO corn. Be sure to read the following article from March 2, 2021, from Dr. Joseph P. Farrell - GMO SEEDS ALREADY OBSOLETE?

Well, getting to the nitty-gritty, the FACT IS THAT THERE IS NO WAY THAT THE PRO-GMO FORCES CAN HAVE ENOUGH DATA TO SHOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS SAFE AND NOT DEADLY DANGEROUS! They have not, and cannot, test for all possible future complications associated with what they are doing!

The Apostle Paul writes – under the inspiration of God’s Spirit –

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, SO THAT THEY ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE, 21) because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22) Professing to be wise, they became fools” – Romans 1:20-22.

This whole GMO and human experimentation on food HAS HAD ALREADY negative consequences and will continue to have even more in the future! Humankind may not know the long-term negative effects of GMOs for many years. Now, if humankind has enough years before the glorious and powerful return of our Lord Jesus Christ – He can certainly tell the people what the risks are!

The European Union also has grave issues with GMOs and importing US GMO crops. This certainly has been a sticking point in trade negotiations between the United States of America and the countries of the European Union for a number of years. Now, as Mexico’s position gets closer to the EU's, perhaps this may further push Mexico closer to Europe!?

As far as trade and trade wars, notice that we added this to our list of Prophetic Events To Watch For

● Trade wars will continue.

This GMO repulsion of Mexico and the EU has placed a wedge between them and the US and might be just another factor in bringing them closer together. In addition to these “garbage” GMO plants, we also have now engineered “lab meat” along with engineered “plant-based meats.” 

It’s not just plants that the “United States of Sin” is messing around with! I’m sure a great many of our peoples have watched filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me: Holy Chicken! He reveals the fact that the five major chicken producers Tyson Foods, Pilgrim's Pride, Sanderson Farms, Koch Foods, and Perdue Farms basically have a monopoly on the fact that one can only buy chickens from them. Well, the USDA has given preliminary approval for what is being called “lab-grown chicken.” THIS IS NOT AN ACTUAL CHICKEN, but rather chicken muscle cells that are specially grown and then harvested!?

God’s living word warns us –

“But evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” – 2 Timothy 3:13. 

Also in the news, there are a growing number of various ones, including academics, pushing the notion that our Lord Jesus Christ supports this abominable LGBTQ+ agenda which is spreading around the world like a cancer cell! As well as pushing the narrative that He was a transgender person!

One of the main reasons why God’s living word – the Holy Bible – WARNS that ‘evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived’ is because the majority of our peoples around the world DO NOT like to even hear about God or our Lord Jesus Christ! Like a friend of my wife’s and mine said to me the other day, “You’re not gonna start that godly stuff, are you!?”

“For the WRATH OF GOD is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19) because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God HAS SHOWN IT TO THEM. … 24) Therefore God also gave them up to UNCLEANNESS, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25) who exchanged the TRUTH OF GOD for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26) FOR THIS REASON God gave them up to VILE passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is AGAINST NATURE [as well as AGAINST COMMON SENSE]. 27) Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing WHAT IS SHAMEFUL, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.” – Romans 1:18-19, 24-27. 

This reminds me, there is in this country, an HIV commercial for a medication that masks the fact that homosexual men have HIV! As one comment states on YouTube – “These commercials try to make it seem like it’s cool to have H.I.V. People on the beach with their boo, smiling, hugging and living their best life.” And, as I’ve said before, I do understand that there are people who sadly caught HIV in a way other than homosexuality. But, being able to take a medication that HIDES the fact that you have HIV (which the commercial uses the phrase “undetectable”) and then continues being deceptive in sexual relations to the fact that you do have HIV – to me is akin to committing an aggravated sexual assault with a deadly weapon! I looked up the word “undetectable” and they define it as “that a test cannot detect the virus in the blood of a person living with HIV.”

Let us also notice that God’s living word also condemns those who even approve of LGBTQ+ – 

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind [a reprobate mind!], to do those things WHICH ARE NOT FITTING; 29) being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers [gossipers], 30) backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31) undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 

32) who, KNOWING THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT OF GOD, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them – Romans 1:28-32.  

Well, the Nazis glomped onto their definition of the “Big Lie” – “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” The original description of the “Big Lie” appeared in Mein Kampf.

So, in light of that, understand that there are now deceiving and fraudulent academic scholars who are claiming to be theologians asserting a lie that our Lord Jesus Christ was transgender. Be sure to read: Daily Mail - 'It's heresy!': Worshippers left 'in tears' as Cambridge dean claims Jesus may have been TRANSGENDER after row over Christ's wound having a 'vaginal appearance'.

Now, to be honest, the school later put out a statement saying that it was only referring to interpretations of artwork – not that Jesus was transgender. But, the reality is that a great many in the LGBTQ+ communities have long been pushing this blasphemous idea that Jesus was a homosexual – have you heard of this sickening 2019 film titled “The First Temptation of Christ”!? - Jude 1:14-16.

NO! Our Lord and Savior – the very Son of God – was not trans nor would He participate in a “PRIDE” parade as that would be a violation of His very living word – cf. Leviticus 20:13; Deuteronomy 22:5.

YES! This present evil world – ruled by Satan the Devil – wants to force perversions!

Sadly, the “United States of Sin” has now approved a bill that enshrines homosexual “marriage” as the law of the land! (See: AP – Landmark same-sex marriage bill wins Senate passage’). 

Friends, we are getting closer to the end of this present evil age and its 6,000-year rule of man, and with such God-awful deceits being perpetrated upon mankind, it is little wonder that our Lord Jesus Christ says that ‘unless those days were shortened, NO FLESH WOULD BE SAVED [ALIVE] unless God our Father and His glorious Son intervenes! – cf. Matthew 24:21-22. 

As our Lord AND SAVIOR says – let us pray –

’ Your kingdom come. Your will be done On EARTH as it is in heaven’ – Matthew 6:10.

Concluding Comments

The Apostle Paul wrote and told Evangelist Timothy, as well as all of us – 

“ … Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge ─21) by professing it some have strayed CONCERNING FAITH. Grace be with you. Amen” – 1 Timothy 6:20-21.

Friends, I pray to Father God and our Lord Jesus Christ daily, “I humbly ask for Your faith! Faith strong enough to move mountains – if need be!” 

Friends, be not deceived by so-called knowledge from sources that ARE IN CONFLICT WITH THE LIVING WORD OF THE ETERNAL ONE!

With love and gratitude, in Jesus' Name,

  

Saturday, December 3, 2022

'In Vain They Worship Me'!


by Guy C. LaMar

MOST OF my family and old friends, more and more, are proving to me just how far away they are from the God of the Holy Bible! They are more involved with their fantasy god.

As we approach this PAGAN ritualistic time of the MASS-OF-CHRIST (aka "Christmas"), the greater our peoples are rejecting the TRUTH of God for their FAKE religiosity of man-made PAGAN embracing rituals.

As an example: how the United States of America’s government is forcing our fellow Americans to embrace the acceptance of ABOMINATIONS – embracing the heathen customs which were put in place by Satan the Devil!

Our Lord Jesus Christ makes it crystal clear that ‘in vain they worship Me’ by accepting and practicing these PAGAN customs.

He makes it abundantly clear that He will have NOTHING to do with such people. A person being willingly ignorant is NOT acceptable to God.

If a true servant of God has shown the WORD of God, the TRUTH of God, and the PLAN of God to our peoples, and these peoples REFUSE to accept God’s living truth, then it is on the people.

God’s living word makes it clear that He is NOT willing to accept foolishness. He will NOT accept people who have been shown His living truth, yet who willingly REJECT this truth because it goes against their worldly Satan-created religion.

My friends, you have been warned!

Embracing and practicing these pagan customs is serving Satan the Devil! It is NOT serving the LORD our God! In fact, it is rejecting the LORD our God!

Truly, this whole embracing and practicing of paganism come from the Roman Catholic Church – just as this generation of DEMONCRATS are trying to force Americans to embrace abominations unto God!

"Christmas trees" are but pagan rituals to the core.

Truly, if our peoples really love, obey, and serve the LORD our God instead of their idolatry of religiosity – of which was created and formed by Satan the Devil to further distance our peoples from the LORD God and Their living word – they would BOLDLY and CONFIDENTLY rebel against these rituals put in place by Satan the Devil!

My friends, make no mistake – CHRIST was NEVER EVER in “Christmas”! In fact, our Lord Jesus Christ WARNS us in regards to such things as “Christmas trees” – or what it was in that era of time, Asherah Poles. These poles, or sometimes stylized trees, stood as a sacred monument and tribute to the Canaanite goddess, Asherah. The Assyrians worshiped her as Ishtar. Notice:

“Hear the word which the LORD speaks to you, O HOUSE OF ISRAEL. 2) Thus says the LORD: ‘Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven [such as astrology], For the Gentiles are dismayed at them. 9) For the customs of the peoples ARE FUTILE; For one cuts a tree from the forest, The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. 4) They decorate it with silver and gold; They fasten it with nails and hammers So that it will not topple’” – Jeremiah 10:1-4.

Our peoples who keep and celebrate “Christmas” and have a pagan tree decorated in their homes, completely OVERLOOK when the LORD God says “’ DO NOT LEARN THE WAY OF THE HEATHENS!’”

The greater majority of my family has been told this living truth, but because they DO NOT want to be apart from this world and its ways, they embrace keeping and celebrating this Satan-inspired and Satan-led pagan custom ritual of what is called “Christmas.”

The majority of my worldly friends – in fact, ALL MY WORLDLY FRIENDS – do have their “Christmas tree” idolatrously decorated for all to see! They completely disregard the LORD our God’s HOLY DAYS and have replaced them with this world’s holidays which were put in place by the Church of Satan the Devil – the Roman Catholic Church!

Does the true God of the Holy Bible even matter to them!? Or do the traditions and customs which were set up by Satan the Devil mean more!? Do our peoples really care about the LIVING TRUTH OF GOD!?

Sadly, I have met throughout my life so many people that DO NOT even believe in the true God of the Holy Bible, but rather believe in a fantasy god.

It is so grievous to witness people which were told the living truth of God, yet they so willingly reject this truth because it goes AGAINST their worldly way of living.

I have watched with my own eyes people willingly reject the LORD God! And nothing crushes me inside more than to see this. How willingly IGNORANT people have allowed their own selves to become.

Truly, God the Father does the calling out of this world, but we who have God’s Holy Spirit living within us, are to help others in their calling by presenting the living TRUTH OF GOD!

God’s WORD is clear – “For we MUST all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that EACH ONE may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” – 2 Corinthians 5:10. ALL will be held accountable for what they have been shown of His truth! For what we know the LORD God will hold us accountable for. Rejecting God’s truth willingly makes you no safer with God than if you are a true Christian who willingly TURNS FROM GOD and begins to flounder in darkness.

Notice these passages from God’s living word –

“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; ….” – recall our Lord Jesus’ words, “’ Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, … Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble’” – Matthew 6:31-23, 33, 34. “ … 14) whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15) Instead you ought to say, ‘IF THE LORD WILLS, we shall live and do this or that.’ 16) But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17) Therefore, to him who knows to do good and DOES NOT DO IT, to him IT IS SIN – James 4:13-17.

“But why do you judge your brother? [speaking also of your neighbor] Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11) For IT IS WRITTEN: ‘As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.’ 12) So then EACH OF US shall give account of himself to God – Romans 14:10-12.

In deeds as well as in words!

’ A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36) BUT I SAY TO YOU that every idle [the Greek word being argos, meaning “lazy, useless, ineffective, careless”] word [or act, or thought] men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37) For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be [judged] – Matthew 12:35-37.

“IF indeed you have heard [Christ] and have been taught by Him, as the truth IS IN JESUS: 22) that you put off, CONCERNING YOUR FORMER CONDUCT [as in keeping and celebrating this “Christmas” and its pagan traditions], the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23) and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24) and that you PUT ON THE NEW MAN which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. 25) Therefore, putting away lying [also meaning ‘putting away false religions’ which are a lie], ‘Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,’ for we are members of one another” – Ephesians 4:21-25.

WE ALL ARE MEMBERS OF ONE ANOTHER!

“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And IF anyone sins, we have …” does he write that we have a Catholic priest!? What about ‘a head of a worldwide church’!? NO! – “ … we have an ADVOCATE with the Father, JESUS CHRIST the righteous. 2) And He Himself is the propitiation [the “go between” – the means of forgiveness; the ATONEMENT] for our sins, and not for ours only BUT ALSO FOR THE WHOLE WORLD” – 1 John 2:1-2.

“This I say, therefore, AND TESTIFY IN THE LORD, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18) having their understanding darkened, being alienated FROM THE LIFE OF GOD, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart – Ephesians 4:17-18.

“TRULY, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but NOW commands ALL MEN EVERYWHERE TO REPENT” – Acts 17:30.

“Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle … 2) that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets [such as Prophet Jeremiah regarding Asherah poles, or rather what they are called today, “Christmas trees”], and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, 3) knowing this FIRST: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4) and saying. ‘Where is the promise of His coming?’ For since the fathers fell asleep [died], all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.’ 5) For THIS they willfully forget [or are willfully ignorant of]: that by the Word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water” – 2 Peter 3:1, 2-5.

Prophet Job – under the inspiration of God’s Spirit – writes a complaint against mankind

“Their houses are safe from fear, Neither is the rod of God upon them. 10) Their bull breeds without failure; Their cow calves without miscarriage. 11) They send forth their little ones like a flock, And their children dance. …” – recall the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, “ … ‘He makes the sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust’ – Matthew 5:45. God the Father’s great MERCY! “ … 12) They sing to the tambourine and harp, And rejoice to the sound of the flute. 13) They spend their days in wealth, And in a moment go down to the grave.” – NOTICE –

14) YET THEY SAY TO GOD, ‘DEPART FROM US, FOR WE DO NOT DESIRE THE KNOWLEDGE OF YOUR WAYS’” – Job 21:9-14.

Sadly, the greater majority of our peoples around the world want nothing to do with God, His knowledge, or His ways!

Notice what the LORD of hosts told Prophet Zechariah to say to all the people of the land and to the priests who were in the house of the LORD of hosts –

“’ Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, Show MERCY and compassion Everyone to his brother. 10) Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, The [stranger or foreigner] or the poor; Let none of you plan evil in his heart Against his brother’” – Zechariah 7:8-10.

Notice what their response was –

11) ‘But they refused to heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears so that they could not hear. 12) Yes, they made their hearts like flint, REFUSING TO HEAR the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus GREAT WRATH came from the LORD of hosts’” – Zechariah 7:11-12.

– Notice – it is meant to be this way in accordance to the Plan of God for the redemption of all mankind –

’ And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; 15) For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest [OTHERWISE] they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest [OTHERWISE] they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should HEAL THEM’ – Matthew 13:14-15.

And, because of mankind’s lawless – “ … God will send [or ‘has sent’] them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12) that they all may be [judged] WHO DID NOT BELIEVE THE TRUTH but had pleasure in unrighteousness” – 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12.

ANYONE who is wholeheartedly seeking the LORD God, who comes to the TRUTH of God in regards to “Christmas” will THROW OUT their idolatrous pagan originated tree and DO AWAY with such a Satan the Devil’s inspired tradition and TURN TO GOD and embrace His will, His LAW – the TEN COMMANDMENTS – and embrace His annual seven HOLY DAYS!

Friends, we are one day closer to the judgment of all people. One day closer to the end of this present evil age.

It is time for God’s people to be bold and STAND UP for the will of the Eternal One, and STAND AGAINST this wicked evil world!

NEVER FORGET – this present evil world is ruled by the evil one –

“But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4) whose minds the god of this age has blinded, …” – 2 Corinthians 4:4.

We are commanded by the LORD our God to ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues’ – WE ARE TO COME OUT OF THIS MODERN-DAY BABYLON!

This Babylonian system of our enemy Satan the Devil is what we are to reject as true Christians – cf. Revelation 18:4.

“DO NOT love the world or the things in the world. If ANYONE loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16) For ALL that is in the world ─the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life ─IS NOT OF THE FATHER BUT IS OF THE WORLD” – 1 John 2:15-16.

“And DO NOT be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” – Romans 12:2.

A very brother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ cries out to this world –

“ADULTERERS and ADULTERESSES! …” – also meaning idol worshipers! Those who worship false gods and goddesses! “ … Do you not know that friendship with the world IS ENMITY WITH GOD? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” – James 4:4.

Here are the facts folks! – It is either God’s Way or Satan the Devil’s way!

Truly embracing and celebrating the LORD God’s HOLY DAYS (see Leviticus 23) is God’s Way!

Sadly, the greater majority of our peoples around the world place their immediate families BEFORE the LORD God! And our Lord Jesus Christ says – and has made it clear – that if you do then you are NOT of His people.

’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me’ – Matthew 10:37.

It is God’s Way or the highway!

LOOK TO JESUS! □

Thursday, December 1, 2022

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Thanksgiving Day - What Does It Mean to You?


 

Greetings to all of our dear friends here in America, and all around the world! Our friends in Brussels, Belgium; Surrey, Canada; Singapore; Weimar, Germany; and Piteå, Sweden. Thank you for your love and support, and friendship! It means a great deal to us here at the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries and our affiliated churches in Owensboro, Kentucky, and Athens, Alabama.

Here in the United States of America Thanksgiving Day sadly appears to mean not much more than a juicy turkey dinner, a family reunion, or a football game on the telly! The greater majority of our fellow Americans have seemingly lost the very fact that THANKSGIVING means giving thanks. But to whom are we to give thanks!? And what are we to give thanks for!?

In 1696 my 7th great-grandfather James Johnston, Sr. sailed westward through the rough Atlantic from Scotland to America. He landed on the coast of Virginia and would eventually acquire 150 acres of land in the Pamunkey (River) Neck of northern Virginia. Surely many a man who sailed to the New World sensed that their endeavors were being favored by the very hand of God. Those early settlers seemed to grasp the grandeur of a special opportunity and the great blessing of an almighty. And because of this, the indications show us, the majority were thankful. At least at first.

History shows us that the very first “Thanksgiving Day” originated at Plymouth Colony in December of 1621. On that first official “Thanksgiving Day” they thanked Almighty God that they were still alive and had enough to eat. Truly, the majority of the Pilgrims did recognize God as the TRUE SOURCE of their blessings. Sadly, with the passage of time and an innumerable amount of illegal immigrants from other lands who do not wish to assimilate into our cultural history (since our founding in the late 18th century)— the knowledge of the true source is nearly nonexistent … and here are some stats – and because Google is biased, this stat was located on the third search page of their search engine!
November 25, 2021

A study on migration to the Unites States found that 67 percent of the undocumented immigrants who are living in the country migrated from Central America and Mexico. …

The project shows that Mexicans make up 48 percent (5.31 million) of the 11 million undocumented immigrants population.

Salvadorians (741,000) and Guatemalans (724,000) each represent slightly over 7 percent of the undocumented immigrants who call the U.S. home. People from Honduras make up the remainder of the two-thirds, with around 4 percent of illegal migrants - 490,000 people - coming from there. …

The report also discovered people from India comprise the next largest group of illegal immigrants, with around 500,000 undocumented people in the US.

When you type in “Where most illegal immigrants come from” in the Google search engine the very first result is from Insider Monkey from a 2017 article which states, “After winning the election, he [speaking about President Donald Trump] continued on the path, determined to weed out the undocumented immigrants, turning his ire on the so-called sanctuary cities, which harbor and attempt to protect their undocumented population.” So, this certainly shows us which direction this author, as well as this mega-giant company, leans! There is nothing "so-called" about it! Sanctuary cities DO EXIST! - see "Sanctuary Cities in the United States 2022." Again, retrieved 23/11/22.

But, today in this 21st century present evil age, the vast majority of Americans probably don’t even think of God our Father or our Lord Jesus Christ His Son on Thanksgiving Day. Much less actually praying to Him to give Him thanks. Far too many Americans have come to accept that this national holiday is just for friends and family to come together to stuff themselves with too much food and drink. Our awesome Creator God – the very family of God – is left out of the picture! As a friend not long ago told me when she came over to visit, “You’re not gonna get godly on me, are you!?” Well, God is not acknowledged as THE SOURCE of blessings. Sadly, my own wife often says when I speak of our great blessings from the Almighty, “God had nothing to do with my success in life – I did it!” But I remind her that it is God that gives her the strength and power to have this great success in life. “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” – James 1:16-17.

Our very Lord Jesus Christ says, speaking of God the Father, “ …’ He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust’ – Matthew 5:45. Even though a growing number of our peoples may not believe this, GOD IS THE SOURCE OF OUR LIFE AND OF EVERY GOOD THING WE ENJOY AND HOLD DEAR! God blesses even the evil with the basic necessities of life.

Since the first “Thanksgiving Day” some twenty generations ago, the real meaning of this national holiday has gradually deteriorated throughout American history! Sadly, even when the name Christopher Columbus comes up most are notoriously negative, accusing him of the most heinous and exaggerated crimes such as genocide, hurting the development of indigenous people, biological warfare, sex slavery, and enslavement of innocent people leading to the Transatlantic Slave Trade!

Throughout these two – hundred and forty – six years ago, our U.S. presidents preserved and passed onto us Thanksgiving Day. They, for the most part, believed in God and in the Holy Bible as THE SOURCE of national greatness, integrity, and blessings. Our Founding Father who served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797, George Washington, issued the first presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation in honor of the brand new Constitution of the United States. In it he begins, “It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.”

How many of our fellow Americans believe this and give thanks to God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!? Sadly, and we have spoken of this before, Christianity in America is in rapid decline – here is a 2019 Pew Research Center article that states –
“Telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65 percent of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26 percent, up from 17 percent in 2009.”


Most Americans today certainly don’t acknowledge God’s living word – the Holy Bible – as our Creator’s inspired word by which all U.S. presidents should rule our nation.

Yet, His living word emphatically told the children of Israel – as He tells us this day – “’ Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. 19) And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes’” – Deuteronomy 17:18-19.

The LORD God tells us that all kings, presidents, and prime ministers of a nation or province should read it all the days of their lives so that they can learn to reverently fear Him and be careful to observe all His words and statutes.

Our beloved 16th President Abraham Lincoln in his 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation stated, “The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and even soften the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God. … I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and union.”

He knew the nations’ blessings came from God – and he rightly stated so – “No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”

In one of his earliest political speeches, given at the Young Man’s Lyceum in 1838, he told his fellow Americans, “We find ourselves in the peaceful possession of the fairest portion of the earth as regards extent of territory, fertility of soil, and salubrity of climate. … We, when mounting the stage of existence, found ourselves the legal inheritors of these fundamental blessings.”

On March 30th, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed a resolution that he proclaim a National Day of Prayer and Fasting. In it, he states, “It is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord. … It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”

The LORD God’s WARNING

Friends, we as a nation today are in SERIOUS TRIBULATIONS! We, as a nation, have TURNED OUR BACKS TO THE LORD GOD! And the LORD God has withdrawn Their blessings from us as a nation.

On my personal Facebook page – before it was “deleted” by Meta Platforms, Inc. ™ — I was posting a whole plethora of grave tribulations which were occurring all around the world, entitled “This Chaotic World.” Until, the LORD our God revealed to me His living word in Jeremiah chapter 7, concerning the descendants of the children of Israel, “’ Therefore DO NOT pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, nor make intercession to Me; for I will not hear you’” – Jeremiah 7:16; 11:14. Truly, there comes a time in the progression of the downfall of a society or a group or a nation, a time when God says, ‘I’m just done with it!’ ‘I’m done messing with them!’ At that point, you’re wasting your time even praying for them. I mean when Noah was in that huge boat, and the rains fell and the waters rose, do you think Noah was on the top deck praying for the people!? The judgment of God had already been made! Do you think that Lot and his two daughters when they were struggling to get away from the plain of Sodom and Gomorrah, do you really think that God wanted them to turn around and go, “O’ these poor people”!? “O’ God help them!” There was no praying for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, it was over! God had rendered His judgment and He was executing it. And so, the people of America, the people who say, ‘In God We Trust,’ but a society which is so mucked up now, it sometimes will get you in trouble if you even say the name Jesus Christ in public. There’s going to come a time when God Almighty and Jesus Christ say, ‘I’m just done with it!’ ‘It’s over!’ ‘Let the end-time trauma begin!’

Notice this DIRE WARNING FROM THE LORD OUR GOD –

“’ Beware that you do not forget the LORD your God by NOT KEEPING HIS COMMANDMENTS, HIS JUDGMENTS, and HIS STATUTES which I command you today, 12) lest — when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; 13) and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied; and ALL THAT YOU HAVE IS MULTIPLIED; … 17) then you say in your heart [as my own wife does this day], ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ 18) And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.’

19) Then it shall be, IF you by any means forget the LORD your God, and follow other gods [including, my friends, the Idolization of Politics!], and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish. 20) As the nations which the LORD destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the LORD your God’” – Deuteronomy 8:11-13, 17-20.

The LORD our God spoke this grave warning to the ancient children of Israel, but it applies TODAY to the modern-day United States of America and to the United Kingdom and her Commonwealth countries – which includes Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Along with, of course, modern-day Israel.

The LORD our God says to all nations –

“’ But it shall come to pass, IF you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you’” – Deuteronomy 28:15.

And as we have spoken before – also the curse of TERROR!

“’ I also will do this to you: I will even appoint TERROR OVER YOU, …’” – Leviticus 26:16. A great many people are running when no one is pursuing them – Leviticus 26:17. Biblical prophecies are being confirmed! Ever more terror is coming!— unless we, as a nation, repent and turn unto God!

What does all this have to do with the Thanksgiving Day holiday!?

This: Our careless, growing atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” decadent, adulterous generation and way of life have stripped bare the true value and meaning of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. God our Father and God our Savior – the living Jesus Christ!

Give thanks to God always for our blessings in the greatest of nations! □